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The growing trend of cruises around the Middle East gets a big boost today as industry giant Royal Caribbean begins its first season of voyages in the region. The line’s 2,501-passenger Brilliance of the Seas is setting sail out of Dubai on a seven-night trip to historic Muscat, Oman; Fujairah and Abu Dhabi in the […]

During back-to-back summits in recent days, tiny Qatar displayed some big mood swings. First the Persian Gulf emirate hosted a Gaza crisis conference that included Iran’s president and Hamas’ leader and became a soapbox to bash America and its Mideast allies. Then three days later in Kuwait, Qatari leaders had lunch with Saudi King Abdullah […]